Water bills to go unpaid as FG-FF to scrap charges
Kenny does U-turn on FF, confusion over position on SF
A boycott of water charges is expected among families who previously paid their bills as the future of the tax now hangs in the balance.
But there won't be any refunds for householders who have paid their charges to date.
Fianna Fáil says the scrapping of water charges is a key demand for supporting a minority government headed by Enda Kenny.
And Consumers' Association of Ireland spokesman Dermott Jewell predicted a "very, very sharp" drop in payments due to the uncertainty. Mr Kenny performed a dramatic U-turn on his pre-election promise of ruling out Fianna Fáil as potential coalition partners.
The Taoiseach is now open to dealing with all parties and Independents. But in the latest Fine Gael communications farce, there were conflicting statements over his stance on support from Sinn Féin.